Indian origin professor to head MIT school of engineering

New Delhi: Indian origin professor at MIT, Anantha P. Chandrakasan has been named dean of MIT’s School of Engineering, effective July 1. He will succeed Ian A. Waitz, the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, who will become MIT’s vice chancellor.

Born in Chennai, India, Chandrakasan moved to the United States while in high school. His mother was a biochemist and Fulbright scholar, and he enjoyed spending time in her lab where she conducted research on collagen.

He completed his bachelor’s in 1989, master’s in 1990 and doctoral degree in 1994 in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California.

He joined MIT as a faculty member and became the director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) from 2006. Eventually he became the head of EECS in 2011. In his six years tenure of heading the EECS department he has many noteworthy accolades to his credit.

Chandrakasan is a recipient of awards including the 2009 Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award, the 2013 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits, and an honorary doctorate from KU Leuven in 2016. He was also recognized as the author with the highest number of publications in the 60-year history of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), the foremost global forum for presentation of advances in solid-state circuits and systems-on-a-chip. Since 2010, he served as the ISSCC Conference Chair. A fellow of IEEE, in 2015 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

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